Bumblebees and Bird Houses
This survey is to gather some information about the prevalence of bumblebees using bird houses for their colonies. If you have had bumblebees in your boxes, either this year, or in the past, please let me know! Please answer to the best of your ability. If you can't answer each question, that's ok! Any information is appreciated.
If you have pictures or questions, feel free to email them to me at
Is it ok if I contact you for additional info?
Bumblebee in nest box
Where was the bumblebee nest?
Was it in a wooden bird house, ceramic bird house, natural tree cavity, or other location? Please describe
When did you first observe a bumblebee nest?
approximate or exact date (mm/dd/yyyy)
Was this before, during or after a completed bird nest?
Before (Birds had not occupied the nest box, or were building the nest and no eggs were present)
during (nest had eggs/nestlings before bumblebees used it and the bees caused abandonment)
After (birds had completed the nest already)
There was no bird activity at all.
Do you know what bird species was using the box?
If you're not sure, feel free to send me a picture of the bird or nest
How active was the bee colony?
Check all that you observed in your nest box. If you removed the bee nest after the first observation, please indicate that in other
Only a single bee was present (e.g. hearing a loud bee buzz but no bee seen)
A full colony was present (e.g. many bees observed leaving and entering nest box)
Observed the presence of a completed colony but no bees around (e.g. honey pot present)
Observed the presence of waxworms that overtook colony (e.g. very stiff cottony substance with yellowish caterpillars)
bumblebee honey pot, usually embedded within the nest
a bumblebee nest taken over by waxworms
Do you have pictures of the nest/bee colony/bee species?
If you do, great! Please email them to
Thank you for completing this survey!
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